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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Personal Development, 2013

Author Benjamin Hoff shows that the philosophy of Winnie-the-Pooh is amazingly consistent with the principles of Taoism and demonstrates how you can use these principles in your daily life.

Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living.

While Eeyore frets and Piglet hesitates and Rabbit calculates and Owl pontificates, Pooh just is. And that's the clue to the secret wisdom of the Taoists.

The Tao of Pooh is an international bestseller and the first Taoist-authored book in history to appear on bestseller lists, it remained on The New York Times’ bestseller list for 49 weeks.

©1982 Benjamin Hoff (P)2012 Tantor

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so-so.

this book was well written and well read, but was just not my cup of tea. i did return it.

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Too much time dwelling on negative traits.

Ended up accelerating the pace to get through, so much seems to dwell on failings of others. Ended feeling like a celebration of addled and empty thinking rather than a zen peaceful, mindfulness. Left feeling contrived rather than enlightened.

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Pretty decent try, but not sure if I liked it

The book was okay. too anti-knowledge and pro-laziness. But it was a good vantage point on Taoism.

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A nice quick read to remind you to relax.

Just to remind you to relax in life and be happy. I liked it. I wish i could be more like Pooh.

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Romanticized Magical Thinking - Bah Humbug!

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I found the Tao of Pooh to be sanctimonious and aggressively anti-intellectual. Right now greed and magical thinking seem to me a much greater threat to us all than "knowledge and cleverness" which the author relentlessly criticizes. <br/><br/>Having said that, the author's use of Winnie the Pooh to illustrate his exposition was clever and charming and the narrator did a very good job.

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Fun Read

Would you consider the audio edition of The Tao of Pooh to be better than the print version?

Anything in regards to Winnie-the-Pooh and everything related to it is going to be great. That being said I enjoyed the audiobook since Mr. Vance sounds like how a grown up Christopher Robin would sound like.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

I really enjoyed the analysis of the characters in relation to Taoism.

Have you listened to any of Simon Vance’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first Simon Vance narration I have listened to so I am very happy I liked this book.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

I enjoyed learning about how wise Winnie-the-Pooh is.

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A lifechanger

As a person who deals with anxiety and overthinking, this was a wonderful way to introduce a means of managing it and make it easily understood. I loved it and the narration was lovely.

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  • Sulae
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  • 09-06-17

Many Truths Taught

There are many truths taught in this book. there are many similarities in this book when comparing to other theological books and other philosophical books. The only complaint that I had was the condescending nature toward those who believe in a deity. Other than that, I did learn much.

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A Nice Diversion From The Typical Book

I enjoyed the portrayal of the characters intermingled with the presentation of philosophy of Taoism. Just a lighthearted book from a Pooh perspective.

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Fun and Short

Perfect for a mid-week peaceful reminder. The audio format is also nice because it turns the narrative between pooh and the author into a conversation. The narrator did an excellent job with emphasizing the right areas and it made for a great experience.